Hate crime reviews soared within the Big Apple final month – largely pushed by an enormous leap in anti-Jewish offenses – in comparison with October of 2022, in keeping with NYPD statistics launched Wednesday.
The metropolis noticed a whopping 214% surge in anti-Jewish incidents final month, amid the Israel-Hamas war which began on Oct. 7 when the terrorist group launched a shock assault on the Jewish state, killing 1,400 folks, most of them civilians.
Over October, 69 crimes concentrating on Jewish victims had been reported, in comparison with simply 22 throughout the identical month final yr, the most recent information exhibits.
The spike fueled a 124% leap in hate crimes total, with 101 bias incidents reported final month, in comparison with 45 in October 2022, in keeping with the NYPD, which mentioned its Hate Crime Task Force was investigating.
While there have been no anti-Muslim incidents tallied in October of 2022 — there have been eight reported final month, the statistics present.
Year-to-date, nevertheless, hate crime reviews total had been down 9% – with 485 tallied by the top of October, in comparison with 531 throughout the identical interval final yr, the information exhibits.
The newest numbers come after NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny noted last month that hate crimes had been on the rise for the reason that battle raging within the Middle East.
“Hate crime remains to be down, however for the reason that incident in Gaza, there’s been an uptick,” he instructed reporters, noting that the town was nonetheless seeing a decline year-to-date.
The majority of the current antisemitic acts have been associated to graffiti, prison mischief and aggravated harassment — “mainly nearly bordering on free speech the place persons are yelling forwards and backwards at one another till it takes a bizarre flip,” Kenny mentioned.
A small quantity of assaults have been reported, he added.
In one such assault reported round midday Wednesday, a stranger – apparently motivated by anti-Semitic hate – struck a 29-year-old man at the back of the top with an unknown object on the intersection of Ludlam Place and Sullivan Place in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, cops mentioned.
“I don’t like Jews,” the attacker snarled, in keeping with police sources.
The sufferer suffered ache to the top however was not hospitalized, cops mentioned.
The suspect fled and no arrests have been made.
The newest NYPD information additionally revealed that crime within the city’s transit system noticed a 5.7% surge final month, with 223 incidents reported in comparison with 211 in October 2022.
But total to date this yr, transit crime has dipped by 3.9%, with a complete of 1,855 incidents reported on the rails, in comparison with 1,930 at this level in 2022, in keeping with the information.
Felony crime total within the metropolis was additionally down to date this yr — as had been shootings, which noticed a 25.7% lower from January by October, in comparison with the identical time interval final yr.
According to the information, 839 incidents of gun violence had been reported citywide to date in 2023, in comparison with 1,129 throughout the identical interval final yr.
“The women and men of the NYPD proceed to work hand in hand with the folks we serve all through the 5 boroughs,” Police Commissioner Edward Caban mentioned in a press release Wednesday.
“Public security is a shared duty that takes everyone, in each neighborhood, doing their half. That is how we are going to maintain low ranges of crime and additional scale back violence and dysfunction throughout our nice metropolis.”